David Ornstein has provided insights into the speculation surrounding Kevin De Bruyne’s potential departure from Manchester City in 2024. The Athletic journalist addressed the situation and shared his perspective on the likelihood of the Belgian midfielder moving to a Saudi Arabian club.
Amidst rumors that De Bruyne’s tenure at Manchester City might be concluding, fueled by his age of 32 and recent injury concerns, there have been reports suggesting that Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia holds a keen interest in acquiring him.
Teamtalk, on November 6, indicated that City, despite their triumphant 2020-2021 season, including winning the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup, might consider selling De Bruyne at the end of the current season. The report also mentioned City exploring potential replacements for the midfielder, who is set to be out of contract at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2025.
During a Q&A session on The Athletic, James H inquired about the likelihood of De Bruyne joining a Saudi Arabian club in 2024. Ornstein responded, deeming it “very unlikely.”
Expressing his viewpoint, the article suggests that Manchester City should retain Kevin De Bruyne beyond the summer of 2024.
Despite acknowledging the possibility of a tempting offer, the author argues against actively offloading the Belgian player. Despite recent injury challenges and entering his early 30s, De Bruyne is recognized as a valuable player, especially in crucial matches.
The author contends that while City has been performing well without De Bruyne currently, there is no denying that the team is stronger with him. Highlighting De Bruyne’s experience and leadership qualities, the author advocates for a measured approach rather than a rushed decision to sell him.